Breakfast Strata with Asparagus, Artichokes, Ham and Gruyere is the perfect French-inspired spring special occasion treat for family and friends and it’s super easy!
With Easter fast approaching, you’re probably starting to think about what to feed family and friends. Oh, sure, there are always the dishes that are family favorites and that everyone looks forward to having; Easter is no different than Thanksgiving and Christmas in that regard.
However, if you’re like me, you like to mix things up!
If your family loves a good breakfast casserole on Easter morning, how about this French-inspired Breakfast Strata with Asparagus, Artichokes, Ham and Gruyere? It’s super impressive yet super easy!
Now, not gonna lie. This breakfast strata is a little more over-the-top than your typical sausage, egg and hash brown breakfast casserole. This breakfast strata pushes the limit to something more luxurious. If you want to impress some out-of-town guests or simply do something super-special this Easter, this Breakfast Strata with Asparagus, Artichokes, Ham and Gruyere is how you do it!
How to make Breakfast Strata with Asparagus, Artichokes, Ham and Gruyere:
- Start with cubed brioche bread.
- Bake them for about 10 minutes to lightly toast and dry them out.
- Place half the brioche cubes in the bottom of a prepared baking dish.
- Layer about a third of the asparagus (reserving tips for the very end), half the artichokes and half the ham in the baking dish. No need to precook the asparagus–it will soften up as the strata bakes.
- Top with half the cheese…
- Repeat the layers with bread, more of the asparagus, the remaining artichokes, ham….
- … And the remaining cheese and finally the asparagus tips for the top.
- Pour on the custard!
- Bake the breakfast strata…. and baby!!!
Golden, puffy egg deliciousness around the edges! Breakfast Strata with Asparagus, Artichokes, Ham and Gruyere for the Easter morning win!
Now, a couple of notes about the ingredients. Brioche can be pricey but good quality, buttery white bread or country-style makes a great substitute. Also, Gruyere can be on the pricey side. Grand Cru is about half the price and is a great substitute for Gruyere. Regular Swiss cheese or Gouda would also work well.
Want a few more great breakfast ideas? Be sure to try:
- Four Cheese Strata with Zucchini and Tomatoes
- Spaghetti Squash, Poblano and Chorizo Breakfast Casserole
- Savory Breakfast Strudel with Eggs, Sausage and Swiss Chard
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- Nonstick cooking spray
- 6 thick slices brioche bread, cubed (approximately 6 cups)
- 1 pound medium asparagus, tough ends trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 bag (12-ounce) frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and squeezed of excess water, coarsely chopped
- 8 ounces diced ham
- 2 cups grated Gruyere cheese
- 8 large eggs
- 2 cups whole milk or half-and-half
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
- Place cubed brioche bread on a baking sheet and bake 10 minutes to lightly toast.
- Place half the brioche bread cubes in the prepared baking pan.
- Scatter approximately 1/3 of the asparagus stems over the bread (reserve tips for the top).
- Scatter half the coarsely chopped artichoke hearts over the bread and asparagus.
- Scatter half the diced ham over the bread, asparagus and artichokes.
- Sprinkle with half the cheese.
- Repeat layers with remaining bread cubes, asparagus stems, artichoke hearts and ham followed by the rest of the cheese.
- Scatter asparagus tips over the top.
- Whisk eggs and milk or half-and-half together in a bowl until well blended along with salt and black pepper.
- Pour custard over the layers. (At this point, strata may be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated overnight.)
- Bake 1 hour or until puffed and golden around the outside.
- Let rest 5-10 minutes. Cut into squares and serve.
MAKE AHEAD: After pouring custard over the layers, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Let stand at room temperature while oven preheats.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 393Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 259mgSodium: 872mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 24g
The nutritional information above is computer-generated and only an estimate. Please do your own research with the products you're using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.